South Australia

South Australian projects announced under RDAF Round Two

MINISTER for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean, last week announced the projects in South Australia to be funded from Round Two of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).

Seven projects in South Australia, with a total project value of over $94.6, will receive $27.9 million, as part of the $200 million second round of the five-year, $1 billion regional funding program.

"The seven South Australian projects share in $27.8 million of RDAF grants but leverage a total of $94.5 million in partnership investment between the Federal Government, state and local governments and the private sector. That's more than a 1:3 leverage of Federal Government funds," Mr Crean said.

The successful projects include the $30.11 million Wakefield Region Water Supply Upgrade ($10.03 million RDAF contribution), the $12.27 million Far North Regional Community Sports Hub ($5 million), the $26.88 million Northern Region Affordable Housing Initiative ($5 million) and the $9.57 million Leukaemia Foundation Patient Village ($3.91 million).

The announcement was welcomed by South Australian Regional Development Minister, Gail Gago, with the state winning a greater share of the available funding than it did in the first round in September last year.

"The recognition of seven local projects shows the high quality proposals being put forward to support regions and economic sustainability," Ms Gago said.

RDAF funding for projects in NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria was announced last month. Funding for NT and WA projects are expected to be announced later this month.

More information about the Regional Development Australia Fund is available from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport website at <http://www.regional.gov.au/>.

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